(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointments of Kate Sinner and Greg Ellis as new Regional Solutions Coordinators. Sinner, who will serve the North Central region, and Ellis, who will serve the mid-Willamette Valley, join a team of representatives from the Governor’s Office that works with local communities on regional economic and community development priorities.
"I’m delighted that such talented and experienced individuals will be part of our Regional Solutions network," said Governor Kitzhaber. "These positions are critical to helping Oregon break down barriers and support promising regional projects with on-the-ground economic benefits."
Ms. Sinner comes to Regional Solutions from Oregon State University, where she served as Director of Federal Relations for the past six years. In that role and in elected positions with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Sinner helped shape the national policy agenda for public universities. Previous positions include senior associate with Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, Inc., assistant convention hall director for the Democratic National Convention Committee, and legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Brian Baird. Her education background includes a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Washington. Sinner grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She begins her new position on March 24.
With nearly 20 years of experience in local government, Mr. Ellis comes to Regional Solutions from the City of Canby, where he served as the City Administrator. He previously held the position of City Manager for the cities of Independence and Estacada. In addition, he was the senior project manager for Fisher Fabrication, manager of McPike Marketing, and dealer representative and product supervisor for ESCO Corporation. A native Oregonian, Mr. Ellis holds a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University. He begins his new position on March 17.
Rachel Wray, 503-559-1277